Saribung Expedition - 24 Days

About Saribung Expedition

Saribung Expedition traverses the remote part of the Upper Mustang and Annapurna region. Climbing Saribung Peak is a newly opened trail in the western Himalayas. Standing 6,328 meters above the sea level, Saribung Expedition was opened in 2006. Not many travelers are known with this trail, therefore only a handful of people have climbed this peak. Similarly, Climbing Saribung Peak is difficult as you have to cross high passes to reach the summit. Saribung Expedition 24 Days is an adventurous and challenging journey that also offers off-the-beaten trekking experience.

Saribung Expedition lets you explore Lo Manthang, where you get to observe rich Tibetan culture and lifestyle. Likewise, you trek through fine mountain villages. As this mountain is situated in the restricted part of Nepal, you have to take special permission from the government of Nepal to become part of the trip. You get to see the mesmerizing landscape and stunning views of Himalayan mountains like Annapurna Range (8,091 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Mt. Himlung (4,900 m), Lamjung Himal (6,983 m), etc.

Variation & Custom Itinerary

If you further want to extend your adventure in the Himalayas, then we highly suggest you add Nar Phu Valley Trek or Annapurna Circuit Trek. You will get to explore the more hidden corners of the Annapurna region through these two treks. Likewise, we also offer tailor-made options for Saribung Expedition. The tailor-made option allows you to custom create your itinerary as per your needs and requirements.

Highlights

  • Take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara to Jomsom
  • Walk through picturesque villages and lush forests
  • Explore Lo Manthang, the last forbidden kingdom
  • Spend night in religious Luri Gompa village
  • Explore Damodar Kunda, a holy lake
  • Reach the summit of Mt. Saribung
  • Witness stunning landscape and panoramic views of Himalayan mountains
  • Spend night in remote Phu village
  • Get to experience rich culture and tradition of the locals

Itinerary

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As you land at the airport, you will see one of our team representatives at the Airport waiting for you to welcome you. He will take you to the hotel and also inform you about the rest day program. In the evening, you will meet with other team members over a welcome dinner organized by the company.

  • Hotel
  • Welcome dinner

The entire day is for preparation for the trek. Your team leader will brief you about the trip and route. Later, we will arrange all the documents and permits that have to be carried along the way. We will also check all the gears and pack.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

After a warm breakfast, you will take the first flight to Pokhara. This will give you enough time to explore around or relax in Pokhara. Make sure to do boating on the stunning Fewa Lake while gazing over gorgeous sunset. 

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

Another scenic flight will take you to Jomsom, a very beautiful town. During the flight, you get to see outstanding views of Annapurna Range, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Machhapuchhre, etc. Upon landing at the Jomsom airstrip, you begin trekking towards Kagbeni village. Further, pass by Tangbe (3,030 m) and trek along narrow alleys while looking at beautiful mountain views. The trail will take you to Chuksang, where you will spend the night.

  • Teahouse
  • BLD

The trail passes through Chele village. Today, you will get to see the distinct lifestyle, culture, and people. Leaving Chele behind, you ascend steeply to Taklam La (3,624 m) and Dajong La (3,660 m). Further, crossing these two passes, you descend and reach Samar. 

  • Teahouse
  • BLD

From Samar, the trail moves along a canyon. You then ascend and reach Ghelling. On the way, you get to see outstanding views of Annapurna range and Mt. Nilgiri. Gelling is a beautiful village and also known as the gateway of Lo Manthang. 

  • Teahouse
  • BLD

After having breakfast, you begin trekking and reach Nyi La (4,010 m). Crossing this pass, you ascend towards another pass at 3,510 meters. Further, the trail descends to Ghemi and crosses one more small pass. From there, you descend and reach Dhakmar.

  • Teahouse
  • BLD

Today, the trail will take you to the forbidden kingdom of Lo. From Dhakmar, you trek on zigzag trail. Enjoying the lovely sight of goats grazing, you reach Ghar Gompa (3,920 m). This gompa is said to be built in the 8th century. The trail then gradually descends and ascends to Ghar La (4,280 m). Crossing the pass, you reach Lo Manthang. 

  • Teahouse
  • BLD

This is an extra day in Lo Manthang that can be used to explore around the village and interact with locals. You will visit ancient monasteries like Chode and Jampa. There are small hikes possible in this village and among them, Namgyal Gompa and Gharphu village are the most famous ones. 

  • Teahouse
  • BLD

The trail ascends to Lo La (3,945 m) offering an excellent view of canyons along with Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri. Further, you slowly ascend to 4,073 meters and descend to Dhigaon (3,390 m). You walk for another one hour following Puyun Khola and reach Yara village.

  • Teahouse
  • BLD

After having breakfast, you begin ascending towards the small settlement of Luri Gompa. This place is mentioned by Bodhisattva Padmasambhava who has meditated in a cave here. It is a very important religious place for Buddhists.

  • Teahouse
  • BLD

From Luri Gompa, you trek and pass by several chorten. The trail descends to a gorge that joins the main road from Yara to Ghuma Thati. You will cross a huge grassy field and descend to reach Ghuma Thati. It is a small settlement area especially made for pilgrims who are on the way to Damodar Kunda.

  • Teahouse
  • BLD

Trekking on a nice trail, you ascend to pass (5,320 m). From here, you get to see stunning views. The trail then descends to Parsye Khola and moves up to a gorge. You will continue trekking on a large slope and pass through a broad valley to reach Damodar Kunda. On the way, you get to witness excellent views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Damodar Himal.

  • Teahouse
  • BLD

After having breakfast, you trek towards the Japanese Base Camp. The trail offers wonderful views. Upon reaching the Japanese Base Camp, you get to see a large chorten. 

  • Camp
  • BLD

From the base camp, you slowly ascend to the high camp. The trail ascends to the moraines of the left bank of the glacier. You will then cross a glacier at 5,700 meters and shift to the right side of the glacier for night stay.

  • Camp
  • BLD

Today, you begin pushing towards the summit of Mt. Himlung. Make sure to follow the guidance of your team leader properly and let him know in case of any discomfort. The trail will be tough and also include technical climbing. After a successful climb, you gradually descend back to the base camp following the same route.

  • Camp
  • BLD

Leaving the base camp behind, you follow the same trail and descend back to Phu Gaun. Most parts of the trail will gradually descend to the village.

  • Teahouse
  • BLD

Crossing a suspension bridge, you trek along with a series of deserted houses and chortens. The trail then descends to Kyang and continues towards Mruju Khola. You cross this Khola and reach Meta enjoying wonderful views of Lamjung Himal and Annapurna II.

  • Teahouse
  • BLD

Today, you begin descending on a steep path to the bottom of the valley. Passing through some stone huts of Singenge, you further drop down through a dense forest. Soon, you will reach near a suspension bridge that you will cross. From here, you climb and cross another suspension bridge over Seti Khola and reach Koto village.

  • Teahouse
  • BLD

After having breakfast, you hop on the car/van and drive to Besisahar. During the drive, you get to see lovely landscape views and small villages.

  • Teahouse
  • BLD

Today, you drive back to Kathmandu following a scenic route. The drive will belong. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you head to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you. 

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast & lunch

Our representative and office vehicle will be on standby at your hotel to transfer us to the Airport for our connecting flight home. Serving you was an honor and pleasure, we at Dream Peak Adventures will treasure the bonds of our friendship created over the time you spent with us.

Useful Information

Saribung Expedition route

The Saribung Expedition begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara to Jomsom. From here, you begin trekking via Kagbeni village to reach Chuksang. The trail then passes by small villages like Samar, Gelling, and Dhakmar to lead you to Lo Manthang, the forbidden kingdom. Further, the trail gradually ascends to Luri Gompa and heads to Damodar Kunda. From here onwards, you climb the Saribung Peak and reach its summit. The trail then descends through Phu and other villages to Besishar from where you drive back to Kathmandu.

Saribung Expedition difficulty & Altitude Sickness

Saribung Expedition is a challenging journey for those who are new in climbing in the Himalayas, however if you have previously summited 6,000 meters above peak, then climbing this mountain will be easy for you. The trail is difficult and involves off-the-beaten trekking. There will be many steep and rocky sections that you have to cross. Likewise, you also have to cross a few passes to reach the summit. Therefore, sound health, strong physical fitness, and will-power are needed to go on Saribung Expedition 24 Days.

Altitude sickness can be a major issue you have to look out for during the Saribung Expedition. The trip leads to a high elevation, which can trigger altitude sickness if not given proper attention. Enough acclimatization days in between the trek with plenty of water and good food is needed to avoid altitude sickness. With us, you can trek without any worry as we have designed our Saribung Expedition itinerary with ample rest days.

Best time to go on Ama Dablam Expedition

March to April is the best time of the year to go on Saribung Expedition. The day starts to get warmer with stable weather and a moderate climate. Likewise, the views are clear and stunning with a range of flora and vegetation all around the trail. Another best time for this expedition is from October to November.

Accommodation & Meals

In the villages, you stay overnight in the teahouse. Teahouse offers a twin-sharing room with a common washroom mostly. If you are looking for a single room, then it can be difficult to get. The services in the teahouse are pretty basic with no modern facilities. In some places, you might find a hot shower in exchange for a few bucks. While climbing, you stay overnight in tents. All the tents we provide are high-quality and carried by the crew members. Every member of the group will get single sleeping tents with a shared dining and washroom tents.

Three meals a day are included in the package with welcome dinner and farewell dinner. The meals will be served as per the menu of the teahouse. Tibetan, Nepali, Continental, and Indian dishes are mostly available. During camping, the meals will be prepared and cooked by the crew members. There will be a range of dishes to choose from for meals.

Communication & Electricity

You can get WiFi and cellular network in the lower mountain villages. As the elevation will increase, the network will get weaker with no means of communication at the end. Don't worry, the Sherpa guide will be equipped with a Satellite phone that will help the crew to contact the base camp and management team in the city. Electricity is available in the villages. You can see both hydropower electricity and solar electricity on the way. We highly suggest you carry extra batteries with you if you have any electric device and do not rely on electricity for charging them.

Travel Insurance

To go on Saribung Expedition travel insurance is mandatory. Travel insurance will keep your back safe in case of an emergency. Your travel insurance must include things like air evacuation, hospital bills, medical bills, flight cancellations, and loss or theft of property. Foreigners are not allowed to take out travel insurance in Nepal, therefore get one in your home country.

Guide & Porter

During the expedition, you will get full support from our team. You will be guided by a professional and government-licensed Sherpa guide who has climbed Mt. Saribung before. The several years of expertise of our guide will keep you safe and sound on the trail. Similarly, you will also be joined by porters who will carry all the loads and assist you during the climbing.

Environmental Contribution

Our expeditions are organized and planned involving sustainable tourism. During the expedition, we carry all of the necessities with us that can result in more waste generation, therefore we make sure a maximum number of our things are eco-friendly. Likewise, we apply other different measures during the expedition so that our excursion does not harm the environment. We also run a small organization that funds education for children from mountain villages.